Russia claims control of Ukraine’s Melitopol

Russia claims control of Ukraine's Melitopol
Russia claims control of Ukraine’s Melitopol
  • Russia-Ukraine Crisis Live Updates: Russia claims control of Ukraine’s Melitopol According to the statement of the Government of Ukraine, 137 people including soldiers and civilians have been killed by the Russian military so far.

Russia on Friday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that “strongly” condemned the country’s “aggression” against Ukraine. The resolution also demanded the immediate withdrawal of its troops.


Eleven of the 15 members of the council voted in favor of the resolution. China, India and the UAE refrained.


The draft resolution, co-written by the United States and Albania, is now expected to be taken up by the 193-member United Nations General Assembly.


Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that Russian troops would attempt to capture Kiev’s capital city before dawn.

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of his former Soviet neighbor on Thursday. Hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in military strikes so far, while more than 50,000 have been forced to flee their country.

According to reports, around 100,000 are believed to be internally displaced, and in Kiev, many residents left their homes and took refuge in the city’s metro system.

The invasion of Ukraine began Thursday morning with missile strikes on cities and military bases, followed by a multi-pronged ground attack that brought down troops from areas formerly held by


The weeks-long attack by the West amounts to Europe’s most important ground conflict since World War II. It is not clear how much or less the Russian army captured or the casualties.

Russian soldiers marched

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said his forces had so far knocked down 211 Ukrainian military installations, including 17 command centers, 19 air defense missile systems, 39 radar units, 67 tanks and six warplanes.


Russia claims control of Ukraine’s Melitopol

The Russian military also said that it had seized a strategic air base outside Kiev, allowing it to quickly build up forces to capture the capital.


Late on Friday, the Russian military said it had captured Melitopol, a city near the Azov Sea. The claim could not immediately be independently verified.

Ukraine-Russia Crisis Live News

Ukraine’s military reported the shooting down of a Russian II-76 transport plane carrying paratroopers near Vasilkiv, a town 40 km (25 mi) south of Kiev. It was unclear how many were on board, but the II-76 is capable of carrying up to 125 paratroopers.

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